(each of us is born not for himself alone)
—Plato, Ninth Letter
My revision of this book was greatly assisted by the comments of three readers: Jeanne Addison Roberts, David Bevington, and Ed Johnson. I want to thank all three for their thoughtful analyses, as well as for their generosity toward my arguments and toward me. Thanks are also due to my students and colleagues in Arts and Sciences 1119, an interdisciplinary course in Greek literature at the University of New Orleans—especially to Ed, Mary Fitzgerald, Richard Katrovas, and Mike Mooney. Without the opportunity to help teach and learn from that class, this book could not have been written. Last, I must acknowledge the family and friends who are my continual sources of inspiration and love. I thank especially the Tiffanys, Karen and Gary, Saadi, and a very small Monster who helped a lot.